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Introduction to ARPA-E and Future Energy Areas

July 22 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Mechanical Engineering Building, room ME 2054

The Energy Center is pleased to welcome Amul Tevar at Fellow from the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington, DC on July 22, 2014. The lecture from Dr. Tevar will take place in the Mechanical Engineering Building, room ME 2054 from 10:30 -11:30 am.

Abstract: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. This talk will provide an overview of the ARPA-E. The talk will walk through the background and release of several current ARPA-E programs, from the focused AMPED program on adaptive energy storage control systems to OPEN 2012, an applicant driven open funding program. Finally, other potential energy opportunities (e.g. energy-water nexus) will be presented.

Bio: Dr. Amul Tevar is an ARPA-E Fellow who is working in energy storage, control systems (AMPED*), distributed electrochemical generation (REBELS), radical HVAC (DELTA) and other emerging energy areas. Before joining the ARPA-E team, Tevar received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He helped to invent new, low-cost sodium batteries that are now in commercial development for stationary energy storage. He also worked in novel, rapid synthesis routes and electron microscopy to investigate oxide production and lattice degradation at electrochemical interfaces. During his graduate studies, Tevar began work with a rural Haitian hospital to look at the integration of renewables to improve their long-term energy costs. Tevar also holds a Masters in Public Health with an infectious disease focus from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he was advised by the late Dr. Passaro. He later served as project coordinator for a blood disorder drug study. He has consulted for community health centers and a medical bioengineering startup prior to joining ARPA-E. He holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a thesis focused on porosity control of implantable bioceramics.

*AMPED = Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices

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